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Going for Gold: Olympics Inspired Party Ideas and NEW Printables!Monday, July 09, 2012C Riches
Check out our Olympics Inspired Party below, as seen Bird's Party Magazine!
Although the Olympics takes place in London this year, and I am especially proud; I wanted to design a "universal" Olympics Party Printable Collection so it could be used every year, no matter where it's help at in the world.
As such, the colors I chose for the designs were based on the Olympic rings: blue, black, red, yellow and green. Olympics sports also helped to inspire me in designing the printables, and little sporty icons were used throughout the printable collection in the same colors.
Carrying on the sports theme, athe printable party invitations were designed to resemble Olympic Stadium Tickets! Those are editable and you can add your own text to suit the occasion, whether it's an Olympic-inspired birthday party or an Olympic Games viewing party!
For the styling, I was also inspired by the original Greeks Olympians, and thought that a white table and backdrop would be a great canvas to tie in all the colors used, and help keep things fresh and modern. And because every nation aims for the gold, a "Going for Gold" underlying theme was also incorporated in the styling and printables designs, which added a splash of fun to the table.
The podium centerpiece was created using boxes wrapped in white wall paper (which is more sturdy then wrapping paper and very inexpensive). A gold chain-ribbon accent was tied to the top of each box and the front decorated with the printable podium numbers from our Olympics printable Party Collection.
A simple sponge cake covered with white sugar-paste fondant and embellished with a gold mesh-ribbon, was topped with an Olympic Rings Fondant topper from Lynlee's Petite Cakes.
The gold embellishments were simply flattened gold cupcake liners, attached to the fondant topper with a little icing.
The Olympic Rings were really simple to make (TUTORIAL here) and made for a fab and quick table backdrop. To complete the look, a pennant banner made from colored cardstock was hung on the front of the table, and Olympic Torches made from red and yellow crepe paper were added to golden candle sticks and placed on either sides of the podium centerpiece.
Food and Drinks:
The desserts and rinks were inspired by what Olympic athletes would eat! The fresh energy drinks were home-made from pure fruit juice and decanted into glass bottles, and wrapped with a funky "energy drink" bottle wrappers also from the printable collection. The labels also include a "barcode" and "nutritional information" to make them look like real energy drinks labels. The were then topped with a white straw and printable country flags from.
In-keeping with the energy theme, shop-bought cereal bars were covered in the patterned scrapbook papers from the printable kit, and displayed in white platters also covered int he same papers. All finished with an editable, gold buffet card.
The home-made "hammer throw pops" were actually made from healthier carrot and sultana cake mixed with cream cream cheese for a dose of vitamins and calcium. They were embellished with mini printable country flags.
Cupcakes were also decorated with cream cheese frosting and topped with some printable Olympics cupcake toppers in the shape of Olympic Olive Wreaths, Gold Medals, Olympic Torch and some edible fondant toppers from Lynlee's Petite Cakes.
The mini DIY cupcake stands were simply made by spray painting wooden egg-cups and coasters with white gloss. The two parts them assembled together with superglue (Gorilla glue would do the trick).
The delicious but also stunning printed flag cookies from Whatever Whimsy also helped to tie in the Olympic theme.
Party Favors and Activities:
To start our Olympics Gales, we held an Olympic Torch relay around the "stadium" (garden), where each child got to hold and pass on the fabulous, golden Olympic Torch made by Sew Can Do!
Activities included simple kids games like ring toss, egg spoon racing and obstacle jumping with old car tyres.
Winners got awarded edible Olympic Medal Cookies from Whatever Whimsy and homemade chocolate medals (tutorial here), which were inspired by this year's medals.
As favors, kids got to take home a felt gold medal from Sew Can Do, embellished with a printable gold medal, and some sugar cookies from Whatever Whimsy - All packaged in cute golden-lined boxes, topped with a printable "you're a winner" favor tag and cupcake liner rosette.
Olympic Printables: Bird's Party
Styling and Photography: Bird - Bird's Party
Fondant Toppers: Lynlee's Petite Cakes
Olympic Torch and Felt Medals: Sew Can Do
Decorated flag and Olympic Medal Cookies: Whatever Whimsy
Cupcake Liners: Sweet Estelle Baking Supplies
Hair Accessories: Nikki in Stiches
Click here to get the same Olympics Party Printable including ticket-style invites!